Ever found yourself browsing through Amazon, blog lists and author websites trying to find some new Hip Hop (related) books to read? I have. And it sorta worked, but wasn’t very easy, fun, or effective. That’s why we decided to start this extensive and organized overview of Hip Hop books in one spot. You can also search and sort the table.

We hope to make this a community effort and chasing the ideal of completeness, this directory is under constant construction. We encourage you to leave your additions in the comments or for more than a few, we ask you to email us at info[at]thetika.com and will request an Excel table with the bottom columns filled. We count on your help, and for now: enjoy the browse!

TitleAuthorPublisherYearShort DescriptionCover
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Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (Music Culture) Tricia Rose University Press of New England1994In this book, Tricia Rose, described as a "hip hop theorist," takes a close look at the lyrics, music and themes that’s predominant in hip hop, and discuss the most pertinent issues with the debates that surround it. She discuss racial politics, the criticisms of the police and government, and also the sexual politics of rap, misogyny, and female rappers' critiques of men. http://amzn.to/1vgwmp8
The Rose That Grew From ConcreteTupac Amaru ShakurMTV Books1999This book is made up of 100 poems written by Tupac at the age of 19 before he got really famous. Some are accompanied by drawings. By reading his poetry you can understand his struggle through life, from poverty to what he finally became, a symbol and a legend that will never die. The book had a preface by Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur.http://amzn.to/1vk0tLm
The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop (Music Culture)Murray FormanWesleyan2002Handling the academic, corporate, and street rhetorics, Forman fixes the dynamics between race and social space and analyzes the processes through which hip hop has moved from "the hood" to an international audience.http://amzn.to/1rlyHgR
That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies ReaderMurray Forman, Mark Anthony NealRoutledge2004Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, and, alongside with Murray Forman, manages to explain how hip hop is more than the gangsta, it’s a cultural development that influenced african - american history and culture. The book brings together the best-known writings on rap and hip-hop from its beginnings to today, counting nearly 25 years of hip hop.http://amzn.to/1rdaCvk
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop GenerationJeff Chang, Introduction by DJ Kool HercPicador2005The book is more about the cultural resonance of hip hop culture than the musical productions of the genre. Chang did a lot of reasearch for this book so for sure anybody can learn something about the cultura political significance of this movement, that goes deeper than its shining surface.http://amzn.to/Ybi5hR
Hip-Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 ReasonDerrick Darby; Tommie Shelby, Foreword by Cornel West Open Court2005This book puts a philosophical vision in exploring different themes of hip hop culture, like beefs of hip hop, violence, fighting with the police(state), sex&sexuality in hip hop, language, ethics, political philosophy, along with a hip hop head index.http://amzn.to/1v2wEkr
Hip Hop America Nelson GeorgePenguin Books2005The book explores and the impact of the hip hop movement since late 70's till the influence it has today and the impact between mass media and hip hop culture . It has the advantage of offering a perceptive and rounded view on the culture, offered by the award winning author of "The Death of Rhythm and Blues" book. One this author says: "Hip Hop is a spawn of many things, but most profoundly,it is a product of a schizophrenic, post-civil rights movement America." http://amzn.to/Y8Y2jI
How to Draw Hip HopDamion Scott, kris exWatson-Guptill Publications2006This books aims to educate you on the movements, mathematics, logics and philosopphy of hip hop culture, by teaching how to draw hip hop. This shows not only the drawing principles, but the style and sporit of hip hop too.http://amzn.to/1mYAiuG
Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop Jeff ChangBasic Civitas2007This book has 5 chapters, which explores the roots of hip hop movement, the 4 elements surrounding it, the identity of hip hop generation along with its limits, plus it offers different visions of the future art.http://amzn.to/1Cm3jUo
It's Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation M.K. Asante St. Martin's Press2008This book reinforeces the notion that hip hop emerges from a state of cultural convergence. While the hip hop generation is considered the one between 1965 and 1984, this books talks a great deal about this generation versus the post hip hop generation, as the author calls it.http://amzn.to/1vk0RK5
The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters Tricia Rose Basic Civitas Books2008In this book, the author, which is a professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, talks about the creative crisis in which hip hop might be these days. As she states in the firs phrase of the book: ""HIP-HOP IS NOT DEAD, BUT IT IS GRAVELY ILL."http://amzn.to/1vgxc5d
The Gospel of Hip Hop: First InstrumentKRS-OnepowerHouse Books2009Having a format like the Christian Bible, with a number of more than 800 pages, KRS One unique vision presented in this book is Hip Hop like a combination of faith and philosophy,like a path of life. He present himself as emerging from poverty into being one of the most respected artists, by the love and with the help of hip hop.http://amzn.to/1xmshDg
DecodedJay ZSpiegel & Grau2010More than a memoir book of a man who was born in Brooklyn, and from dealing drugs on the streets in his teenage time grew up to be one of his generation’s most successful artists and businessmen. Alongside with this story, you can feel his love for the poetry in hip hop, you can see how all his experiences materialized in his art.http://amzn.to/1mu0Xz3
The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop Dan CharnasNew American Library2010Charnas illustrates, in his book, the suprising rising of hip hop from South Bronx to a multibillion dollars succesfull business, and how the art and the commerce fusioned into what we know today, as giants entrepreneurs and clothing companies.http://amzn.to/1ys1c2J
The Wu-Tang Manual The RZA,
Chris Norris,
Craig Wetherby (Photographer)
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated2005The RZA’s first written book that describes the philosophy and history of Hip-Hop’s original Dynasty, the Wu-Tang Clan. We get introduced to the complex, multilayered Wu-Tang Universe in an RZA written manner, both personal and philosophical. The manual teaches about intricate web of personalities and alter egos, warrior codes, numerological systems, and Eastern spiritual ethics that define the Wu-Tang dynasty.http://amzn.to/1rdbIXY
Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic Michael Eric Dyson , Sohail Daulatzai Basic Books2009This analyze Illmatic song by song, with writers and critics including Mark Anthony Neal, Marc Lamont Hill, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., and many others assessing an individual track from the album. The result is brilliant.http://amzn.to/1u13GkI
How to Rap: The Art and Science of the Hip-Hop MC
Paul Edwards,
Kool G Rap (Foreword by)
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated2009In this how-to book tips and advice are offering by group of artist like: Clipse, Cypress Hill, Nelly, Public Enemy, Remy Ma, Schoolly D, A Tribe Called Quest, will.i.am. It also contains interviews with more than one hundred of the most innovative artists, studying the dynamics of rap in every form, from every region.http://amzn.to/1Dy9xC6
How to Rap 2: Advanced Flow and Delivery Techniques
Paul Edwar , Gift of Gab (Foreword by) Chicago Review Press, Incorporated2013The book it examines techniques that have not previously been explained—such as triplets, flams, lazy tails, and breaking rhyme patterns. It has lots of interviews, including Tech N9ne, Crooked I, Pharcyde, Das EFX, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Big Daddy Kanehttp://amzn.to/1vgz7Xs
One Day It'll All Make Sense Common,
Adam Bradley (Contributor)
Atria Books2011This book is an autobiography of Common. He includes in it intimate, emotional letters to people important to him, such as his father, childhood friends, fellow hip hop artist Kanye West, and even his younger self, to whom he reflects, "Man, you a cool little dude, but you got a lot to learn.http://amzn.to/1vk2bwx
Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office Zack O'Malley Greenburg , Steve Forbes (Foreword) Portfolio Hardcover 2011This book is the biography of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our times. It analyzes the business mind of Jay-Z, pointing out the commercial deals that have enabled him to profit from exploiting his prestige.http://amzn.to/Y91sTp
Jay Z: The King of America Mark Beaumont Omnibus Press2012This biography includes interviews of Mark Beaumont with Jay Z, from 2009. There are also included interviews with Kanye West, Chris Martin, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Damon Dash, Dr Dre, Rick Rubin and others. The book details his early life, how he was abandones by his father, his accidental shooting of his brother and him selling crack cocaine .http://amzn.to/1rlzvCz
The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy Steve Stoute Gotham2011This book is written by former Interscope Records president and internationally acclaimed marketing expert Steve Stoute, and its an examination of hip-hop as a pop cultural movement, which influenced the society and mentality, and eventually prepared the way for the election of Barack Obama. http://amzn.to/1vk2neZ
The Tao of WuRZARiverhead Hardcover 2009RZA transmits the lessons he's learned along his life journey ,all the time him being a devout student of knowledge in every form that can be found-in the streets, religion, martial arts, chess or popular culture. His opinions are fresh and provocative, with a genuine wisdom, mixed with humor and punctated with a street phraseology. http://amzn.to/1vk2CXq
The Way I AmEminem Dutton Adult2008The autobiography named after the song of the same name of Eminem contains photos of Eminem life that were never published before, original drawings, lyric sheets, along with his personal stories of his struggles with poverty, drugs, fame, heartbreak, depression, and his rise to fame and comments on past controversieshttp://amzn.to/1rlzCOz
Angry Blonde EminemHarperEntertainment2000The book features Eminem's comments of his songs, especially those with an explicit content, that drove lots of controversies, plus some rare picture of his.http://amzn.to/1vk2Huu
The Dark Story of Eminem Nick Hasted Omnibus Press2003This book is the best-selling biography of Eminem. Nick Hasted traces Marshall Mather's rise to fame from his native Detroit to global superstar. It features many stories about his rough past lifehttp://amzn.to/Y92FKy
Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem Anthony Bozza Three Rivers Press2004Bozza's portrait of Eminem are from the times before his big break, before the awards and movie offers. Bozza met and connected with Eminem and so the two of them became irrevocably linked. That’s why, the credibility of this book is given by the personal relation between author and Eminem.http://amzn.to/1rlzLl2
And It Don't Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years Raquel Cepeda , Nelson George (Foreword) Faber & Faber2004 In this collection of 29 articles and essays, editor Cepeda analyzes the essential role of these writers (and publications including Vibe and Rap Sheet) in popularizing hip-hop, the relationships and the conflicts between writers and artists.http://amzn.to/1rnK7SJ
Why White Kids Love Hip Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes, and the New Reality of Race in AmericaBakari KitwanaBasic Civitas Books2005This book addresses some not comfortable truths about America's level of tolerance and confort with black people, discussing preconceived notions of race. And Hip hop is the key to understanding how things are changing.http://amzn.to/Y939Ad
Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies Brian Coleman , Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (Introduction) Villard2007The book takes you to hip hop of the 80s and 90s. The format of the book is very interesting: One chapter analyses one artist, one album, track-by-track, delivered straight from the original sources. Performers, producers, DJs, and b-boys–including Big Daddy Kane, Muggs and B-Real, Biz Markie, RZA, Ice-T, and Wyclef–stalk about the influences, equipment, samples, beats and beefs.http://amzn.to/1rddTL7
Rakim Told Me: Wax Facts Straight from the Original Artists--The '80s Brian ColemanWax Facts Press2005In this book, Brian Coleman examines 21 albums , and facts are uncovered with the turn of every page, as he is allready in industry from over a past decade, being a columnist for national magazines like XXL, Scratch, CMJ and URB. The book manages to show how the analyzed albums were made.http://amzn.to/1vk2ZS2
Hip Hoptionary TM: The Dictionary of Hip Hop Terminology
Alonzo Westbrook
Three Rivers Press2002This dictionary explains lot of specific terms that are used in the creative language of hip hop music. It also features the lists of hip-hop fashion labels, books, drinks, and bios of famous rappers.http://amzn.to/Y93sLo
Hip-Hop Rhyming Dictionary Kevin Mitchell, Alfred Publishing Company Alfred Music2003 The book includes oOver 40,000 words including slang writing tips to inspire creative lyrics, and also a brief history of rap and the artists hh rhyminghttp://amzn.to/1qxr5nA
Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip HopAdam Bradley Basic Civitas Books2009This book explores America's street poetry, with its surprisingly complex craft, and gives the rap poetry the respect that it deserves. Adam Bradley states that we must understand rap as poetry or miss the state-of-the-art of poetry today.thepoetichttp://amzn.to/1vk3dZe
2Pac vs Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap's Greatest BattleWeiss, Jeff; McGarvey, EvanVoyageur Press2013The feud between the icon rappers that left us a great legacy and influenced many artists is investigated in this book by an original method. The authors are analyzing the lyrics of their hits, their performance, their styles,their appearances and by these, put a new light on each of their personalities.2pac vs bighttp://amzn.to/1ys2bA4
Subway ArtCooper, Martha. Chalfant, HenryHenry Holt and Company1984Different aspects of this fantastic urban subculture are documented by two brilliant photographers in this book. It contains 239 full-color photographs that are large and capture the size of what we basically can call moving steel masterpeices.subway arthttp://amzn.to/1Dy9YMX
Spraycan ArtChalfant, Henry. Prigoff, JamesThames and Hudson198727 years after being first printed, this book is still a key reference for all who are interested in the graffiti facet of Hip-Hop. It contains images of graffiti from around the world and feature the opinions of graffiti artists about their work. spraycan arthttp://amzn.to/1v2zENJ
Graffiti World: Street Art from Five ContinentsNicholas GanzHarry N. Abrams2004Containing more than 2,000 images by over 150 artists from all over the world plus interviews with them, this visually book is the most comprehensive survey of graffiti art as a world wide phenomenon, that was ever published.graff worldhttp://amzn.to/YbmQb5
Rap, Race, and Reality. Fight the PowerChuck DDell Publishing1997Chuck D (Public Enemy) is the one of the most outspoken rappers in the history of music, and in this book he reviews his opinions on everything from rap and race to politics in society today.rapracehttp://amzn.to/Y94gQF
Ego Trip's Book of Rap ListsJenkins, Sacha. Wilson, ElliottEgo Trip Publications1999This is a comprehensive bible of true hip hip knowledge, containing over 25 aggregate years of interviews, hip hop singles, remixes, albums recorded at their disposal, the highly respected Ego Trip staff are the ones to do this. The Book of Rap Lists runs the large spectrum of hip hop information. egohttp://amzn.to/1rnKk8r
Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His StudentsGregory MichieTeachers College Press1999This book illustratesthe image of teaching and learning in an urban America. Is a very well done a mix of student work and reflections with the notes of a beginning teacher. And the image that result from this blending is creating a vivid picture of the neighborhood and of the school system.hollerhttp://amzn.to/1urNB9d
Last Night A DJ Saved my Life. The History of the DJBroughton, Frank. Brewster, BillGorve Press1999This was the first comprehensive history of the disc jockey, and so the book has become a cult classic. The book follows the history od DJing, from the first record played over airwaves to the house music, hip hop, techno, and beyond.lastnite a djhttp://amzn.to/1vk3FXm
SvheWilliams, SaulPocket Books1999Hailed as "a dreadlocked dervish of words...the Bob Marley of American poets" "(Esquire)," Saul Williams is opening up this literary art form to a new generation of readers. His writing is a fearless mix of connecting rhythms and vibrant images Shehttp://amzn.to/1pKwBGv
The Vibe History of Hip HopLight, AlanThree Rivers Press1999This book is a vivid review of the hip hop world through the eyes and ears of more than 50 of the finest music writers and cultural critics at work today, including Danyel Smith, Greg Tate, Anthony deCurtis, dream hampton, Neil Strauss, and Bönz Malone.
The Vibe History of Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1sNbENi
When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip Hop Feminist Breaks It DownMorgan, JoanSimon & Schuster Paperbacks1999The award-winning journalist Joan Morgan bravely probes the complex issues facing African-American women in today's world: a world where feminists often have not-so-clandestine affairs with the most sexist of men and where women who treasure their independence often prefer men who pick up the tabWhen Chickenheads Come Home to Roosthttp://amzn.to/1pmtB48
Back in the DaysPaniccioli, ErniepowerHouse Books2001Back In The Days documents the emerging hip-hop scene from 1980-1989 - before it became what is today's multi-million-dollar multinational industry. Back in the days, gangs would battle not with guns, but by breakdancing. Back in the days, the streets - not corporate planning - set the standards for styleBack in the Dayshttp://amzn.to/1A7elMc
The Hip Hop Years - A History of RapOgg, Alex. Upshal, DavidFromm International2001The Hip Hop Years traces the history of this vibrant culture through the firsthand accounts of many of the people who have played a pivotal role in that journey, including Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, Ice-T, Public Enemy, NWA., De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan and so on.A hh story

HH years History
King of Rock. Respect, Responsibility, my Life w/ Run DMCMcDaniels, DarrylSt. Martin's Press2001In King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility, and My Life with Run-DMC, Darryl candidly talks for the first time about his career as a rap artist and the people he has met throughout the years. Through hilarious anecdotes and thoughtful reflection, Darryl shares the wisdom he has accumulated in his thirty-five years, detailing his battles with fame, money, drugs, and alcoholKing of Rock. Respect, Responsibilityhttp://amzn.to/1B8oMRd
Life and Def. Sex, Drugs, Money + GodSimmons, RussellThree Rivers Press2001 Simmons Russell tells the story of the founding of the legendary Def Jam Records, whose roster stretches from original rap icons like L.L. Cool J, Public Enemy, and the Beastie Boys to today’s top stars, including Jay-Z and DMX. Life and Def. Sex, Drugs, Money + Godhttp://amzn.to/1sGgpGL
The History of Rap MusicLommel, CookieChelsea House Publishers2001Tells the stories of notable groups of people of color-- A companion series to the award-winning Black Americans of Achievement biographiesThis unique form of music is studied from its roots to its acceptance in mainstream culture.The History of Rap Musichttp://amzn.to/1oDhWcb
Hip Hop Immortals, The RemixMalone, BonzThunder's Mouth Press2002Text by hip-hop historian Bonz Malone is laid out between full-bleed photographs from forty celebrated photographers, including David LaChapelle, Mark Seliger, Nitin Vadukul, Jesse Frohman, Christian Witkin, and Michel Comte. the Hip Hop Immortalshttp://amzn.to/1oWC6me
A Hip Hop StoryPtah, HeruPocket Books2002 The first novel to truly capture the fast and furious world of hip-hop -- one in which the line between art and life is blurred for two ambitious MCs whose battle to be #1 is fought with weapons and words.

Rappers Flawless and Hannibal are two talented young men moving toward the same dream: to be the best, to take over the world, to see the big picture, to become the most respected rap artists of their generation.
A hh storyhttp://amzn.to/XWfjgv
How to DJ Right. The Art & Science of Playing RecordsBroughton, Frank. Brewster, BillGrove Press2002How to DJ is the perfect guide -- from the most basic keys to establishing a music collection and a distinctive sound, to elementary record-spinning, to the complex skills of scratching, hot-mixing, and beat-juggling, as well as the inimitable art of creating an evening of sound that is perfectly timed, balanced, and unforgettable. How to DJ Right. The Art & Science of Playing Recordshttp://amzn.to/XcBsXX
Run DMC - Tougher Than LeatherAdler, BillConsafos Press2002Tougher Than Leather' tells the inside story of Run-DMC's astonishing rise to fame from the obscurity of Hollis. Queens to the kleig-lit heights of pop music fame. It is a story that has inspired important music makers for the last 15 years, including the Beastie Boys, Will Smith, Public Enemy, NWA, Master P, Jay-z, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit and Eminem-all of whom know who opened the door for them. And now it can inspire you. 'Tougher Than Leather' was originally published in 1987 and is reissued here in a new edition, a must have for any serious music fan. Tougherhttp://amzn.to/1sGwlIZ
Sneaker FreakerWood, SimonRiverhead Books2002Sneaker Freaker is the perfect, must-have document of a thriving subculture just now surfacing in the mainstream. The most prized sneakers are going for at least ten times their retail price on eBay. Celebrities and famous artists are being commissioned to design their own lines of sneakers. The release of a new pair of Nikes or Adidas—often produced especially for the thousands upon thousands of collectors—can set off all-night vigils and mini-riots in cities across the globe.sneakerfreakerhttp://amzn.to/XcBTBw
The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American CultureKitwana, BakariBasic Civitas Books2002The Hip Hop Generation is a testament for black youth culture at the turn of the century. The only in-depth study of the first generation to grow up in post-segregation America, it combines culture and politics into a pivotal work in American studiesThe Hip Hop Generationhttp://amzn.to/1q4SOMR
Yes Yes Y'all. Oral History of Hip Hop's First DecadeFricke, Jim. Ahearn, Charlieda capo Press2002Documenting hip-hop's remarkable genesis, this book tells its stories in voices that bristle with vitality, character, humour and menace, tracing the music from DJ Kool Herc's first parties in 1973 through the release of "Rapper's Delight" in 1979 and the rise of the new school in the mid 1980s.YesYeshttp://amzn.to/1sGEj4P
Classic Material: The Hip Hop Album GuideWang, OliverECW Press2003With over 40 unique reviews covering 60 landmark hip-hop albums, Classic Material proves that there is no lack of intelligent commentary and criticism on rap music. Written by an impressive team of North America's most talented journalists, the book tackles over 20 years of hip-hop recordings.Classic Materialhttp://amzn.to/1B8FGPC
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American SlaveDouglass, FrederickBarnes & Noble Classics2003The nook is a best selling classic that recounts Douglass' life as a slave and his desire to become a free man.Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slavehttp://amzn.to/1pmDQpd
New York Ricans from the Hip Hop ZoneRivera, Raquel Z.palgrave macmillan2003In this book, freelance journalist Rivera acknowledges Puerto Ricans for their contributions to hip-hop music over the past 30 years. Rivera comes up with only a handful of recognizable players who predate the culture-wide "Latino boom" of the past few years-Fat Joe, Angie Martinez and the late Big Punisher, the biggest-selling Latino rapper of all timeNew York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zonehttp://amzn.to/XWmjdj
RuminationsKRS ONEWelcome Rain Publishers2003A comprehensive tome, part self-help, part manifesto from KRS-ONE ; rapper who ascented from homeless street kid to rap revolutionary to acclaimed lecturer, metaphysician, and intellectual. KRS-ONE has played a crucial role throughout his career in bringing a social and political conscience to Hiphop, through such ground-breaking albums as By All Means Necessary, Criminal Minded, Edutainment, and Ghetto Music: The Blueprint Of Hiphop. Ruminationshttp://amzn.to/XWmS6K
The New H.N.I.C. Death of Civil Rights & Reign of Hip HopBoyd, ToddNew York University Press2003The New H.N.I.C., like hip hop itself, attempts to keep it real, and challenges conventional wisdom on a range of issues, from debates over use of the “N-word,” the comedy of Chris Rock, and the “get money” ethos of hip hop moguls like Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Russell Simmons, to hip hop’s impact on a diverse array of figures from Bill Clinton and Eminem to Jennifer Lopez.The New H.N.I.C. Death of Civil Rights & Reign of Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1oDpL1K
There's a God on the MicKool Moe DeeThunder's Mouth Press2003Kool has put together an extensive rating system to compile the definitive list of the greatest MCs of all time. Kool rates each MC based on seventeen different categories, ranging from the artist's lyricism, vocabulary, and freestyling ability to his longevity, body of work, and social impactTheres a Godhttp://amzn.to/1sPRql8
Tupac, Resurrection 1971 - 1996Hoye, Jacob. Ali, KarolynAtria Books2003Tupac: Resurrection features the artist in his own words, letters, and poems. They are showcased here, along with dozens of never-before-seen photographs, lyrics, screenplay ideas, and other personal effects. Capturing as never before the unrivaled passion and intense candor that made him one of America's bestselling solo recording artists of all time, Tupac: Resurrection stands as an indelible testament to Tupac's astonishing cultural legacy.Tupac Resurrectionhttp://amzn.to/XcGHGX
The Book of Hip Hop Cover ArtEmery, AndrewOctopus Publishing2004Hip hop is today's most influential and exciting musical phenomenon--and for the first time, all the greatest examples of hip hop and rap sleeve artwork are brought together to provide a history of this innovative and always- surprising music. Combining diverse artwork with exclusive interviews from major players of the rap world--including Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, designer Jeff Janks, and photographer and art director George Dubose-The Book of Hip Hop Cover Arthttp://amzn.to/1oCFAL1
Hip Hop Bring the Noise. The Stories Behind the Biggest SongsKulkarni , NeilThunder's Mouth Press2004Bring the Noise expands the best-selling Stories Behind the Songs series to include musical genres. Rap - the most powerful and overtly political music ever - is the subject of this fascinating bookHip Hop - bring the noise The Stories behind the Biggest Songshttp://amzn.to/1oWUxqL
Hip Hop Poetry and the Classroom: For the ClassroomCirelli, Michael; Sitomer, AlanMilk Mug Publishing2004The book compares hip hop to classic poetry and it's easy to link the great poets of the past to the contemporary Hip Hop poets of today: compare Robert Frost to Public Enemy, Shakespeare to Eminem, and Shelley to the Notorious B.I.G. This interactive workbook-style format is fun for teachers and students, as it illuminates the art of the written word with in-depth analysis of poetic literary devices, writing activities, and other innovative methods.Hip Hop Poetry and the Classhttp://amzn.to/XcJq3g
Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip HopPerry, ImaniDuke University Press2004Perry offers detailed readings of the lyrics of many hip hop artists, including Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul, krs-One, OutKast, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Tupac Shakur, Lil’ Kim, Biggie Smalls, Nas, Method Man, and Lauryn Hill. She focuses on the cultural foundations of the music and on the form and narrative features of the songsProphets of the Hood Politics and Poetics in Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1vxzobX
Rap Music and Street ConsciousnessKeyes, Cheryl University of Illinois Press2004Rap music, according to Keyes, is a forum that addresses the political and economic disfranchisement of black youths and other groups, fosters ethnic pride, and displays culture values and aesthetics.Blending popular culture with folklore and ethnomusicology, Keyes offers a nuanced portrait of the artists, themes, and varying styles reflective of urban life and street consciousness.Rap Music and Street Consciousnesshttp://amzn.to/1mCtbSz
A Time Before CrackShabazz, JamelpowerHouse Books2005Best known as Hip Hop’s finest fashion photographer for his blockbuster best-selling monograph, Back in the Days (powerHouse Books, 2001), Shabazz revisited his archive and unearthed an extraordinary collection of never-before-published documentary photographs collected for his third powerHouse Books release, A Time Before Crack, a visual diary of the streets of New York City from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties, Shabazz’s distinctive photographs reveal the families, the poses, and the players who made this age extraordinary.A time bfore crackhttp://amzn.to/1sNR1Ax
BIGGIEWallace, VolettaAtria Books2005Biggie is Voletta Wallace's story and her tribute-in-writing to her beloved son. In a no-holds-barred way, she tells the truth about the night her son was senselessly shot, the terrible aftermath, and what she believes led to his untimely death. She shares her misgivings about the treacherous nature of the entertainment industry and condemns the individuals who posed as friends of her late son while treating her and his memory with little respect.Biggiehttp://amzn.to/1sBveO4
Bling Bling, Hip Hop's Crown JewelsOh, MinyaWenner Books2005A fascinating look in words and pictures at the stars of hip-hop and their fabulous jewelry. elcome to the rarified world of hip-hop royalty, where mega-stars from Jay-Z to Jblingblinghttp://amzn.to/1ou1AIV
Confessions of a Video VixenSteffans, KarrineHarper Collins Books2005An emotionally charged memoir from a former video vixen nicknamed 'Superhead' goes beyond the glamour of celebrity to reveal the inner workings of the hip-hop dancer industry—from the physical and emotional abuse that's rampant in the industry, and which marked her own life—to the excessive use of drugs, sex and bling.
Def Jam, IncGueraseva, StacyOne World Books2005Def Jam, Inc. traces the company’s incredible rise from the NYU dorm room of nineteen-year-old Rubin (where LL Cool J was discovered on a demo tape) to the powerhouse it is today; from financial struggles and scandals–including The Beastie Boys’s departure from the label and Rubin’s and Simmons’s eventual parting–to revealing anecdotes about artists like Slick Rick, Public Enemy, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z, and DMX. def jamhttp://amzn.to/1ou2iFV
Five Percenter Rap: God Hop's Music, Message, and Black Muslim MissionMiyakawa, Felicia M.Indiana University Press2005The Five Percent Nation is a controversial organization and a substantial cultural force. Also known as Five Percenters, this offshoot of the Nation of Islam has employed commercial rap, or "God Hop," to teach its beliefs, comment on relevant issues, and recruit new members. Rap artists such as Erykah Badu and Queen Latifah are past members of the Five Percent Nation; GURU and Wu-Tang Clan are currently affiliatedFive Percenter Raphttp://amzn.to/VHuUii
From Pieces to Weight50 CentPocket Books2005Fans will discover the origins of 50 Cent's famous feud with Ja Rule; they'll also get more details about the notorious 2000 shooting that left him with nine bullet holes in his body. Opinionated, unrepentant and unabashedly self-promoting, 50 Cent's memoir celebrates the rapper's peculiar brand of the American Dream (and the title of his breakthrough album): Get Rich or Die Tryin'. From Pieces to Weighthttp://amzn.to/1tk2pVa
Gotta Get Signed. How to Become a Hip Hop ProducerKing, Sahpreem A.Schirmer Trade Books2005Author Sahpreem King lays out the steps one must take to learn the art and craft of hip-hop production. He begins with a brief history of the genre, explains what a producer and beat-maker does, how to build a studio, assemble your production team, and promote your music. He also reveals invaluable information about how advance-against-royalty deals work. The book closes with a thorough discussion of music publishing and an exhaustive resource section.Gotta Get Signed. How to Become a Hip Hop Producerhttp://amzn.to/1tog6l9
Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Cultur, and the Struggle for the Soul of a MovementWatkins, S. CraigBeacon Press2005Hip Hop Matters focuses on fierce and far-reaching battles being waged in politics, pop culture, and academe to assert control over the movement. At stake, Watkins argues, is the impact hip hop has on the lives of the young people who live and breathe the cultureHip Hop Mattershttp://amzn.to/1ogbJ68
I was there. Gigs that Changed the WorldPaytress, MarkSterling Publishing Co2005According to Paytress, this book "lifts the lid on a century's worth of classic performances... included here for their historical significance," But Paytress' "journey" begins in July, 1938, with the death of bluesman Robert Johnson, and "gig" means either one concert, an extended stay at a venue (Frank Sinatra's weeks at The Sands, 1966; The Beatles' stint at the Cavern Club, 1961-3), or a tour (Lollapalooza, 1992).I was there. Gigs that Changed the Worldhttp://amzn.to/1vl8f87
Raising Hell. Reign, Ruin; Redemption of Run DMC, JMJRo, RobbinHarper Collins Publishers2005This book chronicles Run-D.M.C.'s epic story through original interviews and exclusive details about their rise to the top. You will learn about their early feuds with jealous peers such as L.L. Cool J, their mentoring of legendary groups like The Beastle Boys and Public Enemy, their battles with producers, record executives, and each other; never before revealed details about Jam Master Jay's murder, and the legendary Russell Simmons' role in both the group's astounding success and their ultimate demise; and through it all how Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell. Reign, Ruin, & Redemption of Run DMC, JMJhttp://amzn.to/1qnErHt
The Hip Hop Church: Connecting with the Movement Shaping our CultureSmith, Efrem; Jackson, PhilIVP Books2005 In this book, pastors Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson show the urgency of connecting hip-hop culture and church to reach a generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. They give practical ideas from their urban churches and other hip-hop churches about how to engage and incorporate rap, break dancing, poetry and deejays to worship Jesus and preach his Word.The Hip-Hop Churchhttp://amzn.to/1p6NbwG
We B * GirlsKramer, Nika. Cooper, MarthapowerHouse Books2005Following the dancers to the biggest battles—including Mighty4 in San Francisco, the Spinfactor Finals in Rhode Island, Breaklanta in Atlanta, IBE in the Netherlands, and the International Battle of the Year in Germany—they photographed and interviewed B-Girlz representing everywhere from South Africa to New Zealand, from New York to California, and from Japan to Germany. Culminating in the first annual We B*Girlz competition at veteran B-Boy Ken Swift’s studio in Brooklyn, Cooper and Kramer’s work will introduce a new generation to the art of B-Girling.we b girlshttp://amzn.to/YWeW65
Why White Kids Love Hip HopKitwana, BakariBasic Civitas Books2005The book addresses uncomfortable truths about America's level of comfort with black people, challenging preconceived notions of race. With this brave tour de force, Bakari Kitwana takes his place alongside the greatest African-American intellectuals of the past decadesWhy White Kids Love Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1tUG4vM
Wu-Tang Manual. Enter the 36 ChambersThe RZA , Chris Norris Riverhead Freestyle Books2005The Wu-Tang Manual is divided into four books of nine chambers each, for a total of 36 chambers. All together, the book provides the breakdown of essential Wu-Tang components, from basic information about each of the nine core members of Wu-Tang Clan to deeper explorations of the key themes of the Wu-Tang universe, a dictionary-like Wu-Slang lexicon, and an entire section of Wu-Tang lyrics with densely annotated explanations of what they mean.Wu-Tang Manual. Enter the 36 Chambershttp://amzn.to/1tYZKi0
Bling Osse', Reggie. Tolliver, GabrielBloomsbury Publishing2006Reggie Osse and Gabriel Tolliver consider the influence of bling on the burgeoning 1980s hip-hop scene, unearth its possible historical exponents such as 'Sun King' Louis XIV, and bring the subject right up to present-day pop culture, showing how artists such as J-Lo and 50 Cent have carved their very personas by dripping themselves liberally in gold and diamonds.blinghttp://amzn.to/VSjhVE
From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and FeminismHill Collins, PatriciaTemple University Press2006Patricia Hill Collins examines the new forms of racism in American life and the political responses to them. Using the experiences of African American men and women as her touchstone, she covers a wide range of issues that connect questions of race to American identityFrom Black Power to Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1lxSxqf
From Jay-Z to Jesus: Reaching & Teaching Young Adults in the Black ChurchSteephens, Benjimin; Watkins, RalphJudson Press2009This book is a call to respond to both of those needs--to challenge the African American church to reach out to the lost generation of young adults and to equip congregations with the insights and tools needed to teach the gospel to the postmodern, post-civil rights, post-soul generationFrom Jay-Z to Jesushttp://amzn.to/XUUG4t
Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip Hop DJKatz, MarkOxford University Press2012Based on extensive interviews with practicing D.J.s, historical research, and his own personal experience, Katz presents a history of hip-hop from the point of view of the people who invented the genre. Groove Musichttp://amzn.to/1lxTEWH
Hip Hop Culture in College Students' Lives: Elements, Embodiment, and High LearningPetchauer, EmeryRoutledge2012Based upon in-depth interviews, observations of underground hip-hop spaces, and the author’s own active roles in hop-hop communities, this book provides a rich portrait of how college students who create hip-hop—both male and female, and of multiple ethnicities—embody its principles and aesthetics on campuses across the United States.Hip Hop Culture in College Students' Lives Elements, Embodiment, and High Learninghttp://amzn.to/XV2DXE
Hip Hop DecodedThe Black Dot, Forward by GM CazMOME Publishing Inc.2005Hip Hop Decoded reveals that Hip Hop is far deeper than just beats and rhymes, and masterfully illustrates that each element of Hip Hop (Graffiti, DJ, Emcee, and B-Boy) has an ancient origin (hieroglyphics, drummer, oracle, and dancer), as well as, spiritual significance (earth, air, fire, and water). Hip Hop Decodedhttp://amzn.to/1q7MdFw
Hip Hop GeniusSeidel, SamRowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.2011This book is for all of the educators in need of new solutions and all the hip-hop heads who know hip-hop is far more than music. It is for everyone who refuses to watch brilliant young people slip through the cracks and is down to take action.
Hip Hop Geniushttp://amzn.to/1zJZ7KY
Hip Hop high schoolSitomer, Alan LawrenceHyperion2006Although Sitomer explores the realities and challenges of urban African American adolescence, he strikes a fair balance between serious issues and more lighthearted fare, writing in a smart, conversational voice loaded with wit, rhythm, and energy.Hip Hop high schoolhttp://amzn.to/1pLgDxt
Hip Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of RapOgbar, Jeffrey O. G.University Press of Kansas2007 Ranging across the rap spectrum from the conscious hip-hop of Mos Def to the gangsta rap of 50 Cent to the "underground" sounds of Jurassic 5 and the Roots, the author tracks the ongoing quest for a unique and credible voice to show how complex, contested, and malleable these codes of authenticity are. Hip-Hop Revolutionhttp://amzn.to/1mWGJc1
Hip Hop Samples: A Historical AnthologyGarrett, GlenCognella2010This history is a compilation or anthology of writing extracted from other books and periodicals. The result is that we are privileged to hear about the subject from some of its most respected voices, and from varied points of view.Hip Hop Sampleshttp://amzn.to/1tSU3Do
Hip Hop Speaks to ChildrenGiovanni, NikkiSourcebooks2008This anthology highlights the use of rhythm and vernacular in hip-hop, rap, and African-American poetry. The 51 pieces—which also include a passage from Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech—use gospel rhythms, "hambone" rhythms (which Giovanni explains in her informative introduction), jazz and blues rhythms, and language from the fields and the city streetHip Hop Speaks to Childrenhttp://amzn.to/1pQvyXp
Hip Hop U.S. HistoryHarrison, Blake; Rappapot, AlexCider Mill Press Book Publishers2006It’s a dynamic new tool for teaching and learning. Now teens can hip-hop their way to history success!
Featuring an audio CD with 45 minutes of original, educational, and cutting-edge music, this latest entry in the innovative Flocabulary series turns U.S. history—from pre-Colonial days through World War II—into an enjoyable experience.
Hip Hop U.S. Historyhttp://amzn.to/1tKkBHT
Hip Hop on Film: Performance, Culture, Urban Space, and Genre Transformation in the 1980sMonteyne, KimberleyUniversity Press of Mississippi / Jackson2013Hip Hop on Film reclaims and reexamines productions such as Breakin' (1984), Beat Street (1984), and Krush Groove (1985) in order to illuminate Hollywood's fascinating efforts to incorporate this nascent urban culture into conventional narrative forms. Hip Hop on Filmhttp://amzn.to/1qBO5GS
Hip-Hop Inc.: Success Strategies of the Rap MogulsOliver, Richard & Leffel, TimThunder's Mouth Press2006 It illustrates these secrets by telling the never-before-told stories of the most successful of the rap elite and, through extensive interviews, lets the advice flow from the millionaires themselves.Hip-Hop Inc. Success Strategies of the Rap Mogulshttp://amzn.to/1Bp1Hsy
Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism AnthologyDurham, Aisha; Pough, Gwendolyn D.; Raimist, Rachel; Richardson, ElaineParker Publishing 2007This book seeks to complicate understandings of Hip-Hop as a male space by including and identifying the women who were always involved with the cultureHome Girls Make Some Noisehttp://amzn.to/YsSYrp
How and Why the Illuminati Took Over Hip HopScott, Rebecca2014Having worked 25 years in the Hip-Hop music industry and witnessed firsthand the inner workings of the fame machine up close; the authors says she personally KNOW entertainers that are now or were employed by the Illuminati who promised them fame, money and power if they "sold out." This book reveals those who sold out and those who didn't.How and Why the Illuminati Took Over Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1tqDCg3
I Am Hip Hop: Conversations on the Music and CultureRausch, Andrew J.The Scarecrow Press, INC2011 Andrew J. Rausch interviewed 24 individuals whose creative expressions are intimately associated with the world of hip-hop music and culture. Those interviewed include emcees, DJs, producers, graffiti artists, poets, and journalistsI Am Hip Hop Conversations on the Music and Culturehttp://amzn.to/YtbtMl
I Make My Own RulesLL Cool JIlion Books1997This book is an example of how to endure, grow up and become an adult in the perpetually adolescent world of rapI Make My Own Ruleshttp://amzn.to/1uH3hSB
It's No SecretBryan, CarmenPocket Books2006Carmen Bryan did work at Def Jam and Capitol Records and shares a daughter with hip-hop superstar Nas -- a relationship made extremely public through Nas's celebrity status, rap lyrics, and the ever-present media. Now, in It's No Secret, Carmen tells her side of the story, including the clandestine relationship with Nas's biggest rival, Jay-Z, that stirred up the biggest feud in hip-hop historyIt's No Secrethttp://amzn.to/1qH12iD
Keep the FaithEvans, FaithGrand Central Publishing2008If you are curious to know how a church girl from New Jersey who was writing songs in the beginning of her career for Usher and Mary J. ended up marrying Biggie Smalls, being the First Lady of Bad Boy, and survive the constant criticisms and fickleness of the industry to be an R&B legend in her own right, this is definitely the book for you.Keep the Faith- A Memoirhttp://amzn.to/1pb9zW6
Know What I Mean?Dyson, Michael EricBasic Civat Books2007Know What I Mean? addresses the creative expression of degraded youth; the vexed gender relations that have made rap music a lightning rod for pundits; the commercial explosion that has made an art form a victim of its success; and the political elements that have been submerged in the most popular form of hip hops.Know What I Meanhttp://amzn.to/1tN1sq6
Let's Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of JusticeButler, PaulThe New Press2009In a book Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree calls "a must read," Butler looks at places where ordinary citizens meet the justice system—as jurors, witnesses, and in encounters with the police—and explores what "doing the right thing" means in a corrupt system.Let's Get Herehttp://amzn.to/1pSGFKk
Long Road Outta ComptonGriffin, Verna (Dr. Dre's Mother)Da Capo Press2008This is the story of Verna Griffin, a woman who gave birth to five children, losing two in infancy and one to gangland violence. Her surviving son is one of the most famous men in the world, and her daughter is a homemaker with children of her own.Long Road Outta Comptonhttp://amzn.to/1uom6f2
Love Don't Live Here No More, Doggy Tales: Vol. 1Snoop DoggAtria Books2006Hip-hop megastar Snoop Dogg and award-winning playwright David E. Talbert join forces to bring you the unforgettable saga of an aspiring young rapper who finds himself at several crossroads at once, where everything, including himself, is about to suddenly change.
Love Don't Live Here No More, Doggy Taleshttp://amzn.to/1pSJ087
Lyrics of a Rap RevolutionaryChuck D, Yusuf JahOffda Books2006As one of rap’s preeminent political and social groups of all time, front man Chuck D offers direct explanations and interpretations of what his lyrics are about as a tool to help set minds free in this "hustle and flow and get rich or die tryin’ times’Lyrics of a Rap Revolutionaryhttp://amzn.to/1rT3rDn
Method ManMethod Man, Green, Sanford, Atchison, DavidGrand Central Publishing2008With a very original storyline, absolutely great black and white graphics and humor sprinkled throughout the story, this book is reccomended to the ones that does not generally read comic books and who will really enjoy it t definitely will want to read more about Peerless Poe aka Method Man.
Method Manhttp://amzn.to/1qPrDZA
Mining the Positive Motivators from Hip Hop to Educate: How I Met Knowledge & Education thru Hip Hop CultureComissiong, Solomon W.F.Xlibris Corporation2007Solomon W.F. Comissiong is the President and owner of SCMB Educational Consulting. His company espouses the use of Hip Hop Culture to educate poorly motivated students. Comissiong's company facilitates workshops on topics regarding academic retention.mining the Positive Motivators from Hip Hop to Educatehttp://amzn.to/1BFK0oD
My Infamous Life, The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's ProdigyJohnson, Albert; Checkoway, LauraTouchstone Books2011 This is the heartbreaking journey of a child born in privilege, his youth spent among music royalty like Diana Ross and Dizzy Gillespie, educated in private schools, until a family tragedy changed everything. Raised in the mayhem of the Queensbridge projects, Prodigy rose to the dizzying heights of fame and eventually fell into the darkness of a prison cell. My Infamous Life, The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigyhttp://amzn.to/ZmzuVy
Notorious C.O.P.Parker, Derrick. Diehl, MattSt. Martin's Press2006Derrick was the first detective to interview an informant offering a detailed account of Biggie Smalls's murder. He protected one of the only surviving eyewitnesses to the Jam Master Jay murder and knows the identity of the killers as well as the motivation behind the shooting. he book that both the NYPD and the hip-hop community don't want you to read, Notorious C.O.P. is the first insider look at the real links between crime and hip-hop and the inefficiencies that have left some of the most widely publicized murders in entertainment history unsolved.Notorious C.O.P.http://amzn.to/1q7zMEZ
Performing Identity / Performing Culture: Hip Hop as Text, Pedagogy, and Lived PracticeDimitriadis, GregPeter Lang2009/2001Greg Dimitriadis' studies are broad-ranging: how two teenagers constructed notions of a Southern tradition through their use of Southern rap artists like Eightball & MJG and Three 6 Mafia and how young people constructed notions of history through viewing the film Panther, a film they connected to hip hop culture more broadly;Performing Identityhttp://amzn.to/1qTzmXP
The Psychological Covert War on Hip HopProfessor GriffTaqiyyah Music2011This book completely breaks down how the Hip Hop Culture has been hijacked and taken over. It explains how we went from the Golden Era of rap music (1986-1996) to the garbage that is produced today. How we got from KRS's, The Brand Nubians, and The Public Enemy's who brought a level of consciousness to the rap game to the Lil Wayne's, Jay-Z's, Rick Ross's, and Nicki Minajs.The Psychological Covert War on Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1oUzXUS
Rap Up, The Ultimate Guide to Hip Hop and R &BLazerine, Cameron and DevinGrand Central Publishing2008In this fun guide, the editors of today's hottest music magazine give you the ultimate, all-access pass to the exciting world of hip-hop and contemporary R&BRap Up, The Ultimate Guide to Hip Hop and R & Bhttp://amzn.to/1o01d43
Roc the Mic Right: The Language of Hip Hop CultureAlim, H. SamyRoutledge2006Roc the Mic Right explores the central role of language within the Hip Hop Nation (HHN). With its status convincingly argued as the best means by which to read Hip Hop culture, H. Samy Alim then focuses on discursive practices, such as narrative sequencing and ciphers, or lyrical circles of rhymers.Roc the Mic Righhttp://amzn.to/1maO3FL
Rollin' with DreWilliams, BruceOne World2008Bruce Williams, the long-time best friend and right-hand man to Dr. Dre, and a prime mover at Aftermath, one of the most successful start-up labels in music history, gives us an unprecedented inside look at–and the up-and-down story of–two decades of hip-hop culture and “The Life.” Rollin' with Drehttp://amzn.to/1uQONj0
Ruthless, A MemoirHeller, JerrySimon Spotlight Entertainment2006Heller's book is in part a response to the anti-Semitic rhetoric thrown his way (especially by O'Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube) and in part a tribute to Eazy-E. Opening in 1991 with Eazy-E's betrayal by Dr. Dre-rap mogul Andre Young-the bulk of the book covers Heller's work with rap artists, leaping back to Associated Booking in 1963, where he cut his teeth. Heller's volume is a meandering but fascinating personal tour through the sordid underworld of the music business, with its guns and grudges, drugs and bodyguards.Ruthlesshttp://amzn.to/1r0NJIE
Slam School: Learning Through Conflict in the Hip Hop and Spoken Word ClassroomLow, Bronwen E.Stanford Universtiy Press2011This book tells the story of a white teacher who stepped outside his comfort zone into the rich and messy realm of student popular investments and abilities. It takes the reader into the heart of a poetry course in an urban high school to make the case for critical hip-hop pedagogies.Slam Schoolhttp://amzn.to/1ucKX3j
Somebody Scream, Rap Music's Rise to ProminenceReeves, MarcusFaber and Faber2008Marcus Reeves explores hip-hop music and its politics. Looking at ten artists that have impacted rap—from Run-DMC to Eminem —and puts their music and celebrity in a larger socio-political context. In doing so, he tells the story of hip hop’s rise from New York-based musical form to commercial music revolution to unifying expression for a post-black power generation. Somebody Scream, Rap Music's Rise to Prominencehttp://amzn.to/1p2gphi
The Anthology of RapBradley, Adam; DuBois, AndrewYale University Press2010Editors Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois demonstrate that rap is also a wide-reaching and vital poetic tradition born of beats and rhymes. This pioneering anthology brings together more than three hundred lyrics written over thirty years, from the 'old school' to the 'golden age' to the present day. The Anthology of Raphttp://amzn.to/1p2gVfc
The Aventures of Grand Master FlashGrandmaster FlashBroadway Books2008The man who paved the way for such artists as Jay-Z, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and 50 Cent tells all—from his early days on the mean streets of the South Bronx, to the heights of hip hop stardom, losing millions at the hands of his record label, his downward spiral into cocaine addiction, and his ultimate redemption with the help and love of his family and friendsThe Adventures of Grandmaster Flashhttp://amzn.to/1reHYJd
The Beat of Urban ArtBua, JustinHarper Collins Publisher2007In this book, BUA lays out his unique vision, melding urban rhythms, graffiti, and classical art training. This visually arresting book is about his life, his work, and the birth of Hip-Hop. As we follow BUA through his turbulent youth, navigating he streets and underground worlds of the urban jungle, we recognize the powerful evolution of BUA's distinct style—"Distorted Urban Realism."The Beat of Urban Arthttp://amzn.to/1uK3s0l
The Breaks, Stylin' and Profilin' 1982-1990Beckman, JanettepowerHouse Books2007In the fall of 1982, celebrated photographer of the British music scene Janette Beckman moved to New York City, where she found Hip Hop on the edge of explosion. After a decade underground, the DJs, MCs, b-boys, fly girls, and graff writers were finally getting their due from the downtown crowd. While trains were covered in graffiti and boomboxes were blasting on the corners, DJs were up in the clubs while the dancers rocked the floor. Artists were getting signed and local legends were born. And while others called hip hop a fad, Beckman knew better.
The Breaks, Stylin' and Profilin'http://amzn.to/1vfOgaF
The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip HopWilliams, SaulMTV Books2006In the underground labyrinths of New York City's subway system, beneath the third rail of a long forgotten line, Saul Williams discovered scrolls of aged yellowish-brown paper rolled tightly into a can of spray paint. His quest to decipher this mystical ancient text resulted in a primal understanding of the power hip-hop has to teach us about ourselves and the universe around us. The Dead Emcee Scrollshttp://amzn.to/1rjKKLB
The Gospel Remix: Reaching the Hip Hop GenerationWatkins, Ralph C.Judson Press2007Church leaders are asking:
How do we understand and reach this generation?
How can we as African Americans embrace something that makes us look so bad?
Can one live hip hop and still be a Christian?
Ralph C. Watkins and his fellow contributors address these questions and more in this timely and important new resource. They offer sociological, theological, and biblical perspectives and respond from their experiences creating The Gospel Remix in their own congregations and communities
The Gospel Remixhttp://amzn.to/1um7bDJ
The Hip Hop Education Guidebook Volume 1Diaz, Martha &Runell, MarcellaHip Hop Association Inc. 2007The H2Ed Guidebook addresses the tenets of a critical Hip-Hop pedagogy, framing the issues of concern and strength within Hip-Hop culture by providing in-depth analysis from parents, teachers and scholars. And most importantly, the H2Ed Guidebook offers an array of innovative, interdisciplinary standards-referenced lessons written by teachers for teachers.The Hip Hop Education Guidebook Volume 1http://amzn.to/Y185XW
The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest SongsPride, FeliciaThunder's Mouth Press2007Author Felicia Pride examines a wide range of hip-hop songs and artists, interpreting life through their lenses. Growing up with hip-hop, Pride has come to realize the way it shaped how she thinks, writes, and reacts, making her the person she is today. By incorporating her own experiences and reflections with the rapper's message, she focuses on the positive, motivational influence hip-hop has on its audience.The Message 100http://amzn.to/1vg0q3p
The Plot Against Hip HopGeorge, NelsonAkashic Books2011This is a noir novel set in the world of hip hop culture. The stabbing murder of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard and security expert D Hunter, suspects there are larger forces at work. D Hunter's investigation into his mentor's murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hardcore fans suspect. The Plot Against Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1msiffN
The Real Hip HopMorgan, MarcylienaDuke University Press2009Project Blowed is a legendary hiphop workshop based in Los Angeles. It began in 1994 when a group of youths moved their already renowned open-mic nights from the Good Life, a Crenshaw district health food store, to the KAOS Network, an arts center in Leimert Park. The local freestyle of articulate, rapid-fire, extemporaneous delivery, the juxtaposition of meaningful words and sounds, and the way that MCs followed one another without missing a beat, quickly became known throughout the LA underground. Leimert Park has long been a center of African American culture and arts in Los Angeles, and Project Blowed inspired youth throughout the city to consider the neighborhood the epicenter of their own cultural movement. The Real Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1vgjKgV
The Soul of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs and a Cultural TheologyWhite Hodge, DanielIVP Books2010Daniel White Hodge follows the tracks of hip-hop theology and offers a path from its center to the cross, where Jesus speaks truth. engages in deep listening, hearing the authentic cry for justice inherent in Hip Hop. He samples the sharpest scholars to forge his own sound---raw, gritty, real and hopeful.The Soul of Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1vgllmP
The World According to Pretty ToneyGhostface KillahpowerHouse Books2007Ghostface Killah settles into one of his most popular characters, Pretty Toney, and offers readers a hilariously unique perspective on life via guides to and advice on everything from sex to gambling, family to education, even how to eat on just $5 a day, better known as "The Hustler’s Diet". The World According to Pretty Toneyhttp://amzn.to/1umJXxp
To the Break of Dawn, A Freestyle on the Hip Hop AestheticCobb, William JelaniNew York University Press2007To the Break of Dawn uniquely examines this freestyle verbal artistry on its own terms. A kid from Queens who spent his youth at the epicenter of this new art form, music critic William Jelani Cobb takes readers inside the beats, the lyrics, and the flow of hip-hop, separating mere corporate rappers from the creative MCs that forged the art in the crucible of the street jam.To the Break of Dawn, A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetichttp://amzn.to/1unkBPK
Tupac Remembered: Bearing Witness to a Lie and LegacyMonjauze, MollyChronical Books LLC2008Tupac Shakur's albums have sold more than 73 million copies and touched fans all over the world. In his lifetime, Tupac made personal connections with political leaders, serious actors, rap artists, and many others. Tupac Remembered presents these influential figures' candid and most cherished memories of "Pac," in their own words. Compiled with the participation and support of the Shakur family, contributors include Jada Pinkett-Smith, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Nikki Giovanni, Kevin Powell, Common, E40, Sonia Sanchez, and others.Tupac Rememberedhttp://amzn.to/1uZmHUM
Tupac Shakur, LegacyJoseph, JamalAtria Books2006This book contains many inserts. Some of them are handwritten poems and letters he wrote throughout his life. Pictures of him and his family growing up. There are flyers of events he took part in, his correctional facilty ID card and even his grocery list. A must have for any Tupac fan. Tupac Shakur, Legacyhttp://amzn.to/1unmbBo
Un.orthodox: Church, Hip Hop, CultureKyllonen, TommyZondervan2007Author Tommy Kyllonen has seen hip-hop from the inside as a recording artist, as well as through the eyes of a pastor whose congregation has set the model for a groundswell of young urban churches focusing on hip-hop culture. Offering unique perspectives on the history, current state, and future of the hip-hop movement, Kyllonen shows what a hip-hop targeted ministry can look like in worship, outreach, evangelism, service, and discipleship. Using his own story as an example, Tommy shows how you can combine the hip-hop culture with faith.Un.orthodoxhttp://amzn.to/Zprbli
The Big Book of Hip Hop PhotographyDuBose, GeorgeWonderland Publishing2013This book traces his work with Afrika Bambaataa, Biz Markie, Kane, G. Rap, Roxanne Shanté, MC Shan, Masta Ace, Man Parrish, The Genius aka GZA, Craig G, Marley Marl, Grand Daddy IU, King Sun, Run-DMC, The New York City Breakers, XCLAN, Mobb Deep, Rammellzee, Shelley Thunder, Scoob and Scrap, Double J, Bootsy Collins and The Notorious B.I.G. In all, DuBose has created more that 300 album images and designs and over 50 of his projects have achieved gold status. This is not a Hip Hop history nor a "how-to" photography book, it is the stories behind the concepts and actualization of images that have been used for these artists' album covers. The Big Book of Hip Hop Photographyhttp://amzn.to/1mPQcaL
Understand Rap: Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics You &Your Grandma Can UnderstandBuckholz, WilliamAbrams Image2010 funny pop-cultural reference book based on the website of the same name, which precisely explains all the confusing terms and lyrics used in rap songs in a language even the most un-hip person can understand. The result is a book with breakout potential that's both entertaining and highly informative. The juxtaposition of dry, academic manner with Hip Hop terminology in UNDERSTAND RAP frequently lends itself to ironic comedy gold. Understand Rap Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics You & Your Grandma Can Understandhttp://amzn.to/1urEDc6
Urban Science Education for the Hip Hop Generation: Essential Tools for the Urban Science Educator and ResearcherEmdin, ChristopherSense Publishers2010This book is rooted in author's experiences as student, teacher, administrator, and researcher in urban schools and the deep relationship between hip-hop culture and science that he discovered at every stage of his academic and professional journey. The book utilizes autobiography, outcomes of research studies, theoretical explorations, and accounts of students' experiences in schools to shed light on the causes for the lack of educational achievement of urban youth from the hip-hop generation.Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generationhttp://amzn.to/1ssJsld
Wild Style The SamplerAhearn, CharliepowerHouse Books2007To celebrate the film’s silver anniversary, Wild Style The Sampler provides an inside look at the making of the film, its release, and the reverberations it caused around the world. Narrated by Ahearn, the book introduces us to a cast of characters and outrageous adventures through a carefully curated collection of never-before-published photographs, original artwork, production stills, archival materials, and personal stories from stars Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quinones, LADY PINK, ZEPHYR, Patti Astor, Busy Bee, Grandmaster Caz, and Glenn O’Brien.wild style the samplerhttp://amzn.to/ZegPeS
Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black CinemaS. Craig WatkinsUniversity Of Chicago Press1999Craig Watkins examines two of the most important developments in the recent history of black cinema—the ascendancy of Spike Lee and the proliferation of "ghettocentric films." Representing explores a distinct contradiction in American society: at the same time that black youth have become the targets of a fierce racial backlash, their popular expressive cultures have become highly visible and commercially viable.Representinghttp://amzn.to/1vuiBFZ
Droppin Science (Critical Perspectives On The P) William Perkins Temple University Press1996This critical collection serves as a historical guide to rap and hip hop from its beginnings to the evolution of its many forms and frequent controversies, including violence and misogyny. These wide-ranging essays discuss white crossover, women in rap, gangsta rap, message rap, raunch rap, Latino rap, black nationalism, and other elements of rap and hip hop culture like dance and fashion. Droppin Science (Critical Perspectives On The P)http://amzn.to/1r8zTRE
Hip Hop Culture Emmett G. Price IIIABC-CLIO2006 Scholarly and streetwise, backed by statistics, documents, and research, it recounts three decades of Hip Hop's evolution, highlighting its defining events, recordings, personalities, movements, and ideas, as well as society's response. Hip Hop Culture provides a wealth of information and insights for students, educators, and anyone interested in the ways pop culture reflects and shapes our livesHip Hop Culturehttp://amzn.to/1wFJnrJ
Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public SphereGwendolyn D. PoughNortheastern2004In this provocative study, Gwendolyn D. Pough explores the complex relationship between black women, hip-hop, and feminism. Examining a wide range of genres, including rap music, novels, spoken word poetry, hip-hop cinema, and hip-hop soul music, she traces the rhetoric of black women "bringing wreck."Check it While I Wreck ithttp://amzn.to/1C5cSdE
Icons of Hip Hop [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and CultureMickey HessGreenwood2007This unique reference provides substantial entries on the most revolutionary hip-hop artists and innovators, past and present, and offers in-depth coverage of each icon's influence in shaping hip-hop music. An essential reference for high school and public libraries, this encyclopedia will help students and interested readers uncover the historical and cultural framework of hip-hop as it extends to more recent artists.Icons of Hip Hop [2 volumes]http://amzn.to/1xTT36p
East African Hip Hop: Youth Culture and Globalization Mwenda Ntarangwi University of Illinois Press2009In this provocative study, Gwendolyn D. Pough explores the complex relationship between black women, hip-hop, and feminism. Examining a wide range of genres, including rap music, novels, spoken word poetry, hip-hop cinema, and hip-hop soul music, she tracEast African Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1tteE4m
Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop CultureYvonne Bynoe Greenwood 2005This encyclopedia examines all four elements of Hip Hop Culture, providing students, scholars, and music fans with a complete history of the thirty-year music genre. Tracing its early roots from black DJs talking over music in the 1960s, the B-boy dancers in the 1970s, and the scratching and sampling techniques of the '80s to the founding of Def Jam productions, the current East Cost-West Coast rivalry, and superstars such as Eminem and 50 Cent, hip hop fans will find this an indispensable resource.Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culturehttp://amzn.to/1w6VkXz
Hip-Hop Redemption (Engaging Culture): Finding God Ralph Basui Watkins , Robert Johnston , William DyrnessBaker Academic 2011From Gil-Scott Herron, Ice-T, DMX, Lil Kim, Mos Def, and Lauryn Hill to Christology, soteriology, and the role of the church, Hip-Hop Redemption is a very interesting read. Watkins's gifts as a socio-theologian and hip-hop devotee come together in a way that redeems an essential dialogue for engaging realities of the church and today's urbanized and global society.Hip-Hop Redemptionhttp://amzn.to/1ttlUgE
Foundation: B-boys, B-girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York Joseph G. SchlossOxford University Press2009This book offers the first serious study of b-boying as both unique dance form and a manifestation of the most fundamental principles of hip-hop culture. Drawing on anthropological and historical research, interviews and personal experience as a student of the dance, Joseph Schloss presents a nuanced picture of b-boying and its social context. Foundationhttp://amzn.to/1yDf3Cw
Religion and Hip Hop (Routledge Research in Religion, Media and Culture)Monica R. Miller Routledge2012Going beyond the traditional and more common approach of analyzing rap lyrics, from film, dance, to virtual reality, Religion and Hip Hop takes a fresh approach to exploring the paranoid posture of the religious in popular cultural forms, by going beyond what "is" religious about Hip Hop culture. Rather, Miller explores what rhetorical uses of religion in Hip Hop culture accomplish for various and often competing social and cultural interests.Religion and Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1sIsPQS
Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World Alain-Philippe DurandScarecrow Press2002Contributors discuss the history of French rap music from its origin to the present, the various artists and their groups, stage performances of the rap groups in Paris, Marseilles, the art of graffiti, and the French public's perceptions of rap music. Each chapter is equipped with a short bibliography. This is the first book on the subject of French rap music and hip-hop culture in EnglishBlack, blanc, beurhttp://amzn.to/1Cl1eGv
Hip Hop's Amnesia: From Blues and the Black Women's ClubReiland Rabaka Lexington Books 2012 Hip Hop’s Amnesia moves beyond anecdotes and witty allusions and earnestly endeavors a full-fledged critical examination and archive-informed re-evaluation of “hip hop’s inheritance” from the major African American musics and movements of the first half of the twentieth century: classic blues, ragtime, classic jazz, swing, bebop, the Black Women’s Club Movement, the New Negro Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, the Bebop Movement, the Hipster Movement, and the Black Muslim Movement.Hip Hop's Amnesia From Blues and the Black Women's Clubhttp://amzn.to/101tJ0e
Hip Hop's Inheritance: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Hip Hop Feminist Movement Reiland Rabaka Lexington Books2011 Hip Hop's Inheritance demonstrates that the Hip Hop generation is not the first generation of young black folk preoccupied with spirituality and sexuality, race and religion, entertainment and athletics, or ghetto culture and bourgeois culture.Hip Hop's Inheritance From the Harlem Renaissance to the Hip Hop Feminist Movementhttp://amzn.to/101tJ0e
Is Hip Hop Dead?: The Past, Present, and Future of America's Most Wanted MusicMickey HessPraeger 2007Through the lens of hip hop, and the threats to hip hop culture, author Mickey Hess is able to confront a range of important issues, including race, class, criminality, authenticity, the media, and personal identity.Is Hip Hop Deadhttp://amzn.to/101vtXm
Hip Hop Dance (The American Dance Floor)Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar Greenwood2012This insightful book provides not only an overview of hip hop's distinctive dance style and steps, but also a historic overview of hip hop's roots as an urban expression of being left out of the mainstream pop culture, clarifying the social context of hip hop culture before it became a widespread suburban phenomenon. Hip Hop Dance documents all the forms of street music that led to one of the most groundbreaking, expressive, and influential dance styles ever created.Hip Hop Dance (The American Dance Floor)http://amzn.to/1nqegkx
From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity Juan Flores Columbia University Press2000Juan Flores considers the uniqueness of Puerto Rican culture and identity in relation to that of other Latino groups in the United States -- as well as to other minority groups, especially African Americans. Architecture and urban space, literary traditions, musical styles, and cultural movements provide some of the sites and moments of a cultural world defined by the interplay of continuity and transformation, heritage and innovation, roots and fusion. From Bomba to Hip-hophttp://amzn.to/1vz96FI
Hip Hop in American Cinema Melvin Donalson Peter Lang International Academic Publishers 2007This book demonstrates how Hollywood studios and producers have exploited the profitable connection among rappers, soundtracks, and mass audiences. Hip Hop in American Cinema offers valuable information for courses in film studies, popular culture, and American studies.Hip Hop in American Cinemahttp://amzn.to/1u9lgiR
Education &cultural identity: Hip Hop culture's aim toward the re-Africanization of the acculturated subject Eric Jay Rosser ProQuest, UMI Dissertation Publishing2011Covering a wide range of academic topics, we are happy to increase overall global access to these works and make them available outside of traditional academic databases. Education & cultural identityhttp://amzn.to/1pgocZs
Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural GlobalizationIan Condry Duke University Press Books2006 Ian Condry interprets Japan’s vibrant hip-hop scene, explaining how a music and culture that originated halfway around the world is appropriated and remade in Tokyo clubs and recording studios. Illuminating different aspects of Japanese hip-hop, Condry chronicles how self-described “yellow B-Boys” express their devotion to “black culture,” how they combine the figure of the samurai with American rapping techniques and gangsta imageryHip-Hop Japan Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalizationhttp://amzn.to/1rzlWMs
From Kung Fu to Hip Hop: Globalization, Revolution, and Popular Culture (Suny Series, Explorations in Postcolonial Studies) Ian Condry State University of New York Press2007Author M. T. Kato examines Bruce Lee's movies, the countercultural aesthetics of Jimi Hendrix, and the autonomy of the hip hop nation to reveal the emerging revolutionary paradigm in popular culture. The analysis is contextualized in a discussion of social movements from the popular struggle against neoimperialism in Asia, to the antiglobalization movements in the Third World, and to the global popular alliances for the reconstruction of an alternative world.From Kung Fu to Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1teIXGG
The Truth Behind Hip Hop G. Craige Lewis Xulon Press2009Inspired by the DVD series that exposed hip-hop for the demonic influence it is, The Truth Behind Hip Hop is written to equip the church and expose the devil's agenda to immobilize and destroy the next generation. In this book, speaker and author Elder G. Craige Lewis uses the light of God's word to reveal hip-hop subculture for the destructive force it isThe Truth Behind Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1xtausU
The Languages of Global Hip Hop (Advances in Sociolinguistics) Marina Terkourafi Bloomsbury Academic2012In the case of hip-hop, the forces of top-down corporatization and bottom-up globalization are inextricably woven. This volume takes the view that hip-hop should not be viewed with this dichotomous dynamic in mind and that this dynamic does not arise solely outside of the continental US. The Languages of Global Hip Hop (Advances in Sociolinguistics)http://amzn.to/1zjiU4z
Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide [2 volumes]Mickey Hess Greenwood2009In two volumes organized by broad regions (East Coast, West Coast and Midwest and the Dirty South), Hip Hop in America spans the complete history of rap—from its 1970s origins to the rap battles between Queens and the Bronx in the 1980s, from the well-publicized East Coast vs. West Coast conflicts in the 1990s to the rise of the Midwest and South over the past ten years. Hip Hop in America A Regional Guidehttp://amzn.to/1zRc2fO
Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World (African Expressive Cultures) Eric CharryIndiana University Press2012Hip Hop Africa explores a new generation of Africans who are not only consumers of global musical currents, but also active and creative participants. Eric Charry and an international group of contributors look carefully at youth culture and the explosion of hip hop in Africa, the embrace of other contemporary genres, including reggae, ragga, and gospel music, and the continued vitality of drummingHip Hop Africa New African Music in a Globalizing World (African Expressivehttp://amzn.to/1uRqLqV
Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-hop Guthrie P. Ramsey University of California Press; New Ed edition2004This powerful book covers the vast and various terrain of African American music, from bebop to hip-hop. This lays the foundation for a brilliant discussion of how musical meaning emerges in the private and communal realms of lived experience and how African American music has shaped and reflected identities in the black community. Race Music Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-hophttp://amzn.to/1C4x53d
Rhyme's Challenge: Hip Hop, Poetry, and ContemporaryDavid Caplan Oxford University Press 2014Rhyme's Challenge offers a concise, pithy primer to hip-hop poetics while presenting a spirited defense of rhyme in contemporary American poetry. David Caplan's stylish study examines hip-hop's central but supposedly outmoded verbal technique: rhyme. At a time when print-based poets generally dismiss formal rhyme as old-fashioned and bookish, hip-hop artists deftly deploy it as a way to capture the contemporary moment. Rhyme's Challenge Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporaryhttp://amzn.to/1FiY755
Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness, and a Global Race Consciousness (Refiguring American Music)Nitasha Tamar Sharma Duke University Press Books (2010Hip Hop Desis explores the aesthetics and politics of South Asian American (desi) hip hop artists. Nitasha Tamar Sharma argues that through their lives and lyrics, young “hip hop desis” express a global race consciousness that reflects both their sense of connection with Blacks as racialized minorities in the United States and their diasporic sensibility as part of a global community of South Asians. Hip Hop Desis South Asian Americans, Blackness, and a Global Race Consciousness (Refiguring American Musichttp://amzn.to/1yLFJOC
Painting Without Permission: Hip-hop Graffiti SubcultureJanice Rahn Praeger 2002The author interviewed ten hip-hop graffiti writers of various race, class, and gender by audiotape and reviewed them until patterns emerged as themes, mainly issues concerning public space and community. She continued her relationship with the participants over a five-year period to observe the diversity and transformation of individuals within graffiti culture.Painting Without Permission Hip-hop Graffiti Subculturehttp://amzn.to/1yLGVBk
Schooling Hip-hop: Expanding Hip-hop Based Education Across the CurriculumMarc Lamont Hill, Emery Petchauer Teachers College Press2013This book brings together veteran and emerging scholars from a variety of fields to chart new territory for hip-hop based education. Looking beyond rap music and the English language arts classroom, innovative chapters unpack the theory and practice of hip-hop based education in science, social studies, college composition, teacher education, and other fields. Schooling Hip-hop - Expanding Hip-hop Based Education Across the Curriculumhttp://amzn.to/15dtVMa
Hip Hop and Inequality: Searching for the Real Slim ShadySimona J. Hill , Dave Ramsaran Cambria Press2009When noted rapper Eminem commanded his audience's attention in his 2000 megahit release "The Real Slim Shady" and queried in the lyrics, "Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?", the authors took the question seriously and began to search for the "real slim shady" among the fabric of contemporary capitalism. The result of this research is this book, which explores how a dominant culture incorporates some dimensions of a subculture--in this case hip hop--and uses it to perpetuate dimensions of social stratification within a societyHip Hop and Inequality Searching for the Real Slim Shadyhttp://amzn.to/1zRpvnZ
The Hip Hop Movement: From R&B and the Civil Rights Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Generation Reiland Rabaka
Lexington Books 2013. Connecting classic rhythm &blues and rock &roll to the Civil Rights Movement, and classic soul and funk to the Black Power Movement, The Hip Hop Movement explores what each of these musics and movements contributed to rap, neo-soul, hip hop culture, and the broader Hip Hop MovementThe Hip Hop Movement From R&B and the Civil Rights Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Generationhttp://amzn.to/1tpRSUA
Slam School: Learning Through Conflict in the Hip-Hop and Spoken Word ClassroomBronwen Low Stanford University Press2011Mainstream rap's seductive blend of sexuality, violence, and bravado hardly seems the stuff of school curricula. And chances are good that the progressive and revolutionary "underground" hip-hop of artists such as The Roots or Mos Def is not on the playlists of most high-school students. That said, hip-hop culture remains a profound influence on contemporary urban youth culture and a growing number of teachers are developing strategies for integrating it into their classroomsSlam School Learning Through Conflict in the Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Classroomhttp://amzn.to/1C550cb
Hip Hop Intellectual ResistanceA Shahid Stover Xlibris Corporation2009Written with the compelling audacity of a young iconoclast, Stover challenges the reader with an elevated critical discourse which remains diligently grounded and ever relevant to the streets of a world in structural transition, spiritual alienation, socio-political upheaval and intellectual revolt.Hip Hop Intellectual Resistancehttp://amzn.to/11OMd3Y
Conscious Women Rock the Page: Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social ChangeE-Fierce , Black Artemis , J-Love Calderon , Marcella Runell Hall Sister Outsider Entertainment 2008Three award-winning activists and novelists-Black Artemis, E-Fierce, and J-Love, join social justice educator Marcella Runell Hall and a diverse team of seasoned educators to develop this collection of engaging and timely standards-referenced lesson plans for 6-12 and beyond. These lessons explore the tools of oppression that keep us divided such as violence, patriarchy and racism. The lessons are based on the popular books: The Sista Hood: On the Mic, Picture Me Rollin' and That White Girl.Conscious Women Rock the Pagehttp://amzn.to/1vFnMU3
Tha global cipha: hip hop culture and consciousnessby James G. Spady , H. Samy Alim , Samir Meghelli Black History Museum Press 2006Tha Global Cipha is the first book about Hip Hop Culture to present in-depth conversations with artists from around the world, representing the many regional scenes of the U.S. (from the East Coast to the Bay Area to the Dirty South), France, the Caribbean (from Jamaica to Puerto Rico), and Africa (from Algeria to Senegal), as well as diverse forms of street musics, such as Reggaeton, Reggae/Dancehall, Shaabi and Rai. Tha global cipha hip hop culture and consciousnesshttp://amzn.to/1xTNV2b
Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership, and Hip Hop CultureYvonne Bynoe Soft Skull Press2004Hip Hop activism, a joining of a musical genre with political action, is a highly ambiguous term that encompasses a range of initiatives, from those that are genuinely attempting to affect public policy to largely self-promotional efforts that are more about getting media exposure for celebrities than addressing the cause they are allegedly representing.Stand and Deliver Political Activism, Leadership, and Hiphttp://amzn.to/1FjhqLL
Black in School: Afrocentric Reform, Urban Youth & the Promise of Hip-Hop CultureShawn A. Ginwright Teachers College Press2004The author examines the conditions and community forces that thwart or promote Afrocentric education reform in urban schools and explores the context and intent behind the community's effort to improve the school, providing a more comprehensive picture about the limits and possibilities for identity based reform in urban schools.Black in School Afrocentric Reform, Urban Youth &http://amzn.to/1zRFAtJ
The Sista Hood: On the MicE-Fierce Atria Books2006When Mariposa (aka MC Patria) meets Ezekiel Matthews (aka MC EZ1) they quickly become best friends; together they have the best summer tossing lyrics and rhymes. After the summer ends, Mariposa realizes the only thing she really cares about -- besides becoming the best emcee around -- is getting Ezekiel to love her. Unfortunately, this realization comes at the same time Ezekiel gets a girlfriend -- Jennifer Hoffman (aka J-Ho 5), an emcee with a huge buzzThe Sista Hood On the Michttp://amzn.to/11QgLDl
Picture Me Rollin'Black Artemis NAL Trade 2005In this hardcore novel of love and betrayal, a female ex-con moved by the power, poetry, and dangerous passion of Tupac Shakur has plans to play it straight and do the right thing for her future survival. But her lover Jesus, the man she went to prison for on a gun possession charge, is intent on bringing her back into his gamePicture Me Rollin'http://amzn.to/1xTSHgd
The Hip Hop Prayer BookTimothy Holder Church Pub Inc2006A powerful evangelism tool, developed at Trinity Church of Morrisania in the birthplace of Hip Hop, the South Bronx, "The Hip Hop Prayer Book" offers a means to worship that will draw in the young and speak to those not generally spoken to by the Church. It contains daily prayers, Psalms, a variety of services (including a Eucharist), and a selection of Bible stories.The Hip Hop Prayer Bookhttp://amzn.to/1FpUV7Y
Wake Up!: Hip-hop Christianity and the Black ChurchCheryl Kirk-Duggan , Marlon F. Hall Abingdon Press2011After looking at Hip Hop’s socio-historical context including its African roots, Wake Up shows how Hip Hop has come to embody the worldview of growing numbers of youth and young adults in today’s churchWake Up! Hip-hop Christianity and the Black Churchhttp://amzn.to/1pmcOAz
Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture: A Critical Reader Richard Mook Kendall Hunt Pub Co2008This book details the history of hip hop through it's origins and early beginnings. Has some great quotes in there and the reader can learn a lot about the East Coast style.Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture A Critical Readerhttp://amzn.to/1ATogrC
"Gettin' Our Groove On": Rhetoric, Language, and Literacy for the Hip Hop Generation (African American Life Series) Kermit E. Campbell Wayne State University Press2005Because of the increasing influence of hip hop music and culture on a generation raised during its dominance, it is important to address Hip hop and African American vernacular not merely as elements of folk and popular cultures but as rhetoric worthy of serious scrutiny. In Gettin' Our Groove On, Kermit E. Campbell not only insists on this worthiness but also investigates the role that African American vernacular plays in giving a voice to the lived experiences of America's ghetto marginalizedGettin' Our Groove on Rhetoric, Language, andhttp://amzn.to/15veK10
Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-Hop Michael P. Jeffries University Of Chicago Press2011Instead of turning to performers or media critics, Thug Life focuses on the music's fans--young men, both black and white--and the resulting account avoids romanticism, offering an unbiased examination of how hip-hop works in people's daily lives. As Jeffries weaves the fans' voices together with his own sophisticated analysis, hip-hop is revealed as a tool listeners use to make sense of the world, as well as a rich, self-contained culture containing politics, pleasure, virtue, and vice.Thug Life Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-Hop -http://amzn.to/1uFTJFp
African American Jazz and Rap: Social and Philosophical Examinations of Black Expressive BehaviorJames L., Jr. Conyers Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub2000This collection of essays offers an interdisciplinary study of jazz and rap as they relate to black culture in America. Each essay offers insight and thoughtful discourse on these popular musical styles and their roles within the Black communityAfrican American Jazz and Rap Social and Philosophicalhttp://amzn.to/1ATryuM
Raising Cain: Blackface Performance from Jim Crow to Hip Hop W. T. Lhamon Jr. Harvard University Press 2000The story of an insubordinate, rebellious, truly popular culture stretching from Jim Crow to hip hop is told for the first time in Raising Cain, a provocative look at how the outcasts of official culture have made their own place in the world. Raising Cain Blackface Performance from Jim Crow to Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1y0mNyq
Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women T. Denean Denean Sharpley-Whiting NYU Press2008In this fascinating and forceful book, Sharpley-Whiting, a feminist writer who is a member of the hip hop generation, interrogates the complexities of young black women's engagement with a culture that is masculinist, misogynistic, and frequently mystifying.Pimps Up, Ho's Down Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Womenhttp://amzn.to/1ATvoUW
Microphone Fiends: Youth Music and Youth Cultureby Tricia Rose , Andrew Ross Routledge1994A collection of original essays and interviews, brings together some of the best known scholars, critics, journalists and performers to focus on the contemporary scene. It includes theoretical discussions of musical history along with social commentaries about genres like disco, metal and rap music, and case histories of specific movements like the Riot Grrls, funk clubbing in Rio de Janeiro, and the British rave scene.Microphone Fiends Youth Music and Youth Culturehttp://amzn.to/1y0oJHk
Hip Hop is Not Our Enemy: From A Preacher Who Keeps It Real Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. AuthorHouse 2010Hip-Hop Is Not Our Enemy is an insider's critique of the Black church's role and responsibility in co-opting hip-hop culture. It is written by a Black Baptist Pastor who survived a church split that occurred because of his dedication to co-opting hip-hop culture. Hip Hop Is Not Our Enemy From a Preacher Who Keeps It Realhttp://amzn.to/1ATBDIj
The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, ActivismAndreana Clay NYU Press2012examines how youth activism has emerged to address the persistent inequalities that affect urban youth of color. Andreana Clay provides a detailed account of the strategies that youth activists use to frame their social justice agendas and organize in their local communities.The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back Youth, Activismhttp://amzn.to/1y0spIZ
All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap and Hip-Hop Hal Leonard Corp. Backbeat Books2003The All Music Guide to Hip-Hop features over 3,100 reviews and ratings, highlighting the essential albums and songs from nearly 1,200 artists, including legends of rap and hip-hop like Grandmaster Flash and 2Pac as well as contemporary hit-makers like Jay-Z and Eminem. All Music Guide to Hip-hop The Definitive Guide to Raphttp://amzn.to/11YF8hp
From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity (African Amer Music in Global Perspective)Miles White University of Illinois Press2011This book black male representations to chattel slavery and American minstrelsy as early examples of fetishization and commodification of black male subjectivity.From Jim Crow to Jay-Z Race, Rap, and the Performancehttp://amzn.to/1yWi3Hf
Murda', Misogyny, and Mayhem: Hip-Hop and the Culture of Abnormality in the Urban Community Zoe Spencer University Press of America2011This is a sociological work that utilizes a historical materialist perspective to expose the harmful effects of hip hop as a regulated industry, music, and culture. Spencer skillfully uses works by Antonio Gramsci and Paolo Freire as a backdrop to analyze how "hip hop" media reflects the stereotypical images that were used to justify enslavementMurda', Misogyny, and Mayhem Hip-hop and the Culturehttp://amzn.to/1yyclyr
Hip Hop Underground: The Integrity and Ethics of Racial IdentificationAnthony Kwame Harrison Temple University Press2009 is a vivid ethnography of the author's observations and experiences in the multiracial world of the San Francisco underground hip hop scene. While Anthony Kwame Harrison interviewed area hip hop artists for this entertaining and informative book, he also performed as the emcee "Mad Squirrel." Hip Hop Underground The Integrity and Ethics of Racial Identificationhttp://amzn.to/1xFbXJf
Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher KingJulius Bailey , Foreword by Cornel West McFarland2011This text seeks to situate Jay-Z within his musical, intellectual and cultural context for educational study. Thirteen essays address such topics as Jay-Z's relevance to African-American oral history, socially responsible hip hop and upward mobility in the African-American community.Jay-Z Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher Kinghttp://amzn.to/1tj0pcV
Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy (African American Cultural Theory and Heritage)William Banfield Scarecrow Press 2009By providing a focused examination of the historical development of Black music artistry, Banfield formulates a useable philosophy tied to how such music is made, shaped, and functions. In so doing, he explores Black music culture from three angles: history, education, and the creative work of the musicians Cultural Codes Makings of a Black Music Philosophyhttp://amzn.to/1tthMa7
Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy (Mediated Youth)Ruth Nicole Brown Peter Lang International Academic Publishers2008This book passionately illustrates why the celebration of Black girlhood is essential. Based on the principles and practices of a Black girl-centered program, it examines how performances of everyday Black girlhood are mediated by popular culture, personal truths, and lived experiences, and how the discussion and critique of these factors can be a great asset in the celebration of Black girlsBlack Girlhood CelebrationToward a Hip-hop Feministhttp://amzn.to/1tjfefK
Hip-Hop Culture (Hip-Hop World)Wendy Garofoli Capstone Press2010Hip-hop is more than bigger-than-life stars and glittering fashions. It’s a culture made up of four elements — DJing, MCing, break dancing, and graffiti art. Discover the way of life that has inspired generations to bust a move, spin a record, and rap a lyric or twoHip-Hop Culturehttp://amzn.to/12scpC0
From the Underground: Hip Hop Culture as an Agent of Social ChangeHashim A. Shomari X-Factor Publications1995In this book, the author shows his concern for the Hip Hop culture and how the media is keeping the slave chains on their minds and souls. Hashim insists that the Hip Hop music has positive features of raising consciousness of the youth who listen to this musicFrom the Underground Hip Hop Culture as an Agenthttp://amzn.to/1zXW8jN
Examining Pop Culture - Rap and Hip Hop Jared Green Greenhaven Press2002This volume examines the social and musical history of rap music and hip hop culture and explores a wide range of writing on both the music itself and the controversies that so often surround it.Examining Pop Culture - Rap and Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1xTpgJN
R & B (Rhythm and Business) the Political Economy of Black Music Norman Kelley Akashic Books2005Courtney Love and Public Enemy’s Chuck D join Kelley and other journalists to examine how black music has been developed, marketed and distributed within the structure of American capitalism.r&B (Rhythm and Business) The Political Economy of Blackhttp://amzn.to/1yyhTce
The Words and Music of Ice CubeGail Hilson WolduPraeger2008Ice Cube is one of the most influential figures in the history of rap and hip-hop. Best known for the vitriol of his angry black man recordings of the late 1980s and mid 1990s, Ice Cube epitomizes the genre often referred to as gangsta rap.The Words and Music of Ice Cubehttp://amzn.to/1rum55h
Fear of a Hip-Hop Planet: America's New DilemmaMarvin Jones Praeger2013The dominant narrative holds that the cause of the violence is the pathology of ghetto culture. Hip-hop music is at the center of this conversation. When 16-year-old Chicago youth Derrion Albert was brutally killed by gang members, many blamed rap music. Thus hip-hop music has been demonized not merely as black noise but as a root cause of crime and violence.Fear of a Hip-Hop Planet America's New Dilemmahttp://amzn.to/1FqXEhr
Jesus & the Hip-Hop Prophets: Spiritual Insights from Lauryn Hill and 2PacJohn Teter , Alex Gee IVP Books2003Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur are modern-day prophets. Written on subway walls and tenement halls, their lyrics challenge us as individuals and as a society to stop doing wrong and learn to do right (Isaiah 1:16-17). They paint an honest picture of life as it is lived, and hint at a vision of life as it ought to be lived. With this book John Teter and Alex Gee invite us to enter into the world of these hip-hop prophets—to follow their message to its ultimate fulfillment at the feet of the Prophet-King Jesus. Jesus and the Hip-hop Prophets Spiritual Insightshttp://amzn.to/1HG4Isy
If We Must Die: From Bigger Thomas to Biggie Smalls (African American Life Series)Aimé J. Ellis Wayne State University Press2011Focusing primarily on young black men who are depicted or see themselves as "bad niggers," gangbangers, thugs, social outcasts, high school drop-outs, or prison inmates, Ellis looks at the self-affirming embrace of deathly violence and death-defiance-both imagined and lived-in a diverse body of cultural works.If We Must Die From Bigger Thomas to Biggie Smallshttp://amzn.to/11wRgq3
DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-HopCey Adams , Bill Adler Harper Design2008Compiled by legendary hip-hop designer Cey Adams, DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop is the first comprehensive anthology published in the name of the genre during the last thirty-five years. This landmark volume celebrates a culture that has made its mark on everything from fine art to the label on a bottle of Hawaiian Punch, including fashion, automobiles, movies, television, advertising, and sneakers.DEFinition The Art and Design of Hip-Hophttp://amzn.to/1Ckby6L
A Family Affair: The Unauthorized Sean "Puffy" Combs Story Andrew CableBallantine Books1998This candid and moving book tells all. From Sean Comb's birth in the projects to his life as a devoted father, from the phenomenal success of his multiplatinum debut album No Way Out to the founding of his Daddy House charity and his latest business ventures, A FAMILY AFFAIR reveals how this sexy, enterprising talent minted the hot genre known as "hip-hop soul" and created a multimillion dollar empire. A Family Affair The Unauthorized Seanhttp://amzn.to/1HIaJoG
Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity Marc Lamont Hill , Gloria Ladson-Billings Teachers College Press2009In this revelatory new book, Marc Lamont Hill shows how a serious engagement with hip-hop culture can affect classroom life in extraordinary ways. Based on his experience teaching a hip-hop-centered English literature course in a Philadelphia high school, and drawing from a range of theories on youth culture, identity, and educational processes, Hill offers a compelling case for the power of hip-hop in the classroom.Beats, rhymes, and classroom life hip-hop pedagogyhttp://amzn.to/1rqqegk
Hip Hop Street Curriculum: Keeping It RealJawanza Kunjufu African American Images2006This motivational book aims to engage teens by bridging the gap between school and hip hop culture. Topics such as the ability for many youths to memorize rap lyrics verbatim and how those skills can translate into academia, are discussed along with more general issues, including peer pressure, media, sexuality, career development, and gang activity. Hip Hop Street Curriculum Keeping It Realhttp://amzn.to/1vR3Hef
History of Rap and Hip-HopSoren BakerLucent2006Hip-hop culture includes rapping, DJing, graffiti art and b-boying, also known as break dancing. The History of Rap and Hip-Hop chronicles the evolution of hip-hop culture and focuses on its most significant segment, rap.History of Rap and Hip-Hophttp://amzn.to/1tmsvEd
Nuthin' but a "G" Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap Eithne QuinnColumbia University Press 2004Focusing on the artists Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, the Geto Boys, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur, Quinn explores the origins, development, and immense appeal of gangsta rap. Including detailed readings in urban geography, neoconservative politics, subcultural formations, black cultural debates, and music industry conditions, this book explains how and why this music genre emergedNuthin' but a G Thang The Culture and Commercehttp://amzn.to/1CkJQXz
In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap Alexs Pate Scarecrow Press2009bestselling author and scholar Alexs Pate argues for a fresh understanding of rap as an example of powerful and effective poetry, rather than a negative cultural phenomenon.
Pate articulates a way of "reading" rap that makes visible both its contemporary and historical literary values.
In the Heart of the Beat The Poetry of Raphttp://amzn.to/1tmEiCm
Graffiti Culture (On the Radar: Street Style)Liz Gogerly Lerner Publishing Group2012This is a fascinating look at one of the hottest topics in the urban environment, graffiti art. The bright, vibrant layout of the book has great eye appeal with photographs, graffiti reproductions, and colorful backgroundGraffiti Culture on the radarhttp://amzn.to/1rChAWm
Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban UndergroundGregory J. SnyderNYU Press2011This book offers a fascinating and rare look into this world of contemporary graffiti culture. A world in which kids, often, shoplift for spray paint, scale impossibly high places to find a great spot to “get up,” run from the police, journey into underground train tunnels, fight over turf, and spend countless hours perfecting their style. Graffiti Lives Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Undergroundhttp://amzn.to/1HKzKPW
Fresh: Hip Hop Don't StopNelson George , Sally Banes , Susan Flinker , Patty RomanowskiRandom House1985The books contains nearly one hundred photographs, that enhance an authoritative account and celebration of the subculture of hip hop, its music, its fashion, its graffiti, and its dances--including electric boogie and breakingFresh, hip hop don't stophttp://amzn.to/1vs478I
Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop GenerationSujatha Fernandes Verso2011At its rhythmic, beating heart, Close to the Edge asks whether hip hop can change the world.
Hip hop—rapping, beat-making, b-boying, deejaying, graffiti—captured the imagination of the teenage Sujatha Fernandes in the 1980s, inspiring her and politicizing her along the way.
Close to the Edge In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generationhttp://amzn.to/1rCpFuc
Breakdance: Hip Hop HandbookJairus Green , David Bramwell Street Style Pubns2003This book has a nice combination of history (roots of breakdance - in martial arts, acrobatics, capoeira, etc) along with the graphics and, of the "how to" series of moves. The photographs of b-boys/girls in this volume really illustrate the art.Breakdance Hip Hop Handbookhttp://amzn.to/1vUxti5
MCs: A Children's Guide to the Origins of Hip Hop (The Five Elements of Hip Hop Book 3) Lamont Clark 70 West Press2014This book is about MCs, one of the five elements of Hip Hop culture. Children of all ages will learn how 'MCing' (or Rapping) began and grew.MCs A Children's Guide to the Origins of Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1v0R0LE
Philosophy and Hip-Hop: Ruminations on Postmodern Cultural FormJulius Bailey Palgrave Macmillan2014Traditional Departments of Philosophy will find this book a solid companion in Contemporary Philosophy or Aesthetic Theory. Inside these pages is a project that parallels the themes of existential angst, corporate elitism, social consciousness, male privilege and masculinity. Philosophy and Hip-Hop Ruminations on Postmodernhttp://amzn.to/1FA9h5H
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip HopLaban Carrick Hill , Theodore Taylor Roaring Brook Press2013From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world. When the Beat Was Born DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hophttp://amzn.to/1ybGxKM



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